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Black Liberation : A Comparative History of Black Ideologies in the United States and South Africa

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Black Liberation focuses on the efforts of African Americans and South African blacks to combat the domination of white people in American and South African society. Starting in the 1860s, it follows the emancipation of slaves after the Civil War, and ends with the conclusion of apartheid in South Africa.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 147.3 x 228.6 x 27.9mm | 612.36g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Oxf Univ PR Pbk.
  • 0195109783
  • 9780195109788
  • 1,984,507

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In Black Liberation, George Fredrickson offers a fascinating account of how blacks in the United States and South Africa came to grips with the challenge of white supremacy. He reveals a rich history - not merely of parallel developments, but of an intricate, transatlantic web of influences and cross-fertilization. He begins with early moments of hope in both countries - Reconstruction in the United States, and the liberal colonialism of British Cape Colony - when the promise of suffrage led educated black elites to fight for color-blind equality. A rising tide of racism and discrimination at the turn of the century, however, blunted their hopes and encouraged nationalist movements in both countries. Fredrickson teases out the connections between movements and nations, examining the transatlantic appeal of black religious nationalism (known as Ethiopianism), and the pan-Africanism of Du Bois and Garvey. He brings to vivid life the decades of struggle, organizing, and debate, as blacks in the United States looked to Africa for identity and South Africans looked to America for new ideas and hope. The book traces the rise of Communist influence in black movements in the two nations in the 1920s and '30s, and the adoption of Gandhian nonviolent protest after World War II. The story of India's struggle, however, was not to be repeated in either America or South Africa: in one nation, nonviolence revealed its limitations, encouraging splits in the civil rights movement; in the other, it failed, fostering an armed struggle against white supremacy. Fredrickson brings the story up through the present, exploring the divergence between African-American identity politics and the nonracialism thathas triumphed in South Africa.show more

About George M. Fredrickson

George M. Fredrickson, Edgar E. Robinson Professor of United States History at Stanford University, is President Elect of the Organization of American Historians. He is the author of nine books, including White Supremacy, which won the Ralph Waldo Emerson Prize, the Merle Curti Award, and was a jury nominee for the Pulitzer Prize.show more

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This look at the nature of black protest is South Africa and the US is a profound and necessary contribution to the field of black studies ... Showing the stunning parallels in the politics of black peoples on both sides of the Atlantic, this offers definitive proof of the robust continuity of black freedom struggles. * Kirkus Reviews *show more

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